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>Be a paladin
>Over the course of the adventure, become a king's champion
>The rest of the party are my retainers, because all of their previous characters died during the event that made us famous
>The king declares that we're gonna accompany him to a diplomatic mission in another land
>A few days into our journey, we see a burning town
>The king orders us to investigate, and then meet up with him later on the road, so we can continue
>Go and investigate
>Turns out, the town is being raided by some very fucking suspicious folks
>They pretend to be bandits, but they are way too well-armed and well-supported to be simple raiders
>Defeat them all, take them alive for interrogation
>They refuse to talk for a long time, despite my repeated reminders that they're only alive because we need to know who they work for
>They still don't talk.
>Tell them that they are bandits in the best case scenario, or foreign troops or traitors in the worst case, but the penalty for their crimes is death regardless, so I am gonna execute them on my authority as the king's champion.
>As a paladin, offer them to confess to their sins - God is merciful to the regretful.
>None of them want to.
>Fine, start executing them.
>Party is looking really uneasy about the whole thing
>"We can't really just kill them, can we?"
>"Yes we can. We are as close to lawful authority as it gets here, and they comitted capital crimes."
>"Yeah, but you're a paladin."
>"Should I have just let them go, despite them burning a whole town down and butchering all those people?"
>"Well, we could have taken them to the king!"
>"How exactly are four of us supposed to escort them? How do we prevent them from escaping? I don't have any manacles, not thirty of them. And besides, the king would just sentence them to death anyway."
>"Yeah, maybe, but it just doesn't feel right."
The DM lets it go, and I don't fall or anything, but I'm still bothered by this thing. Was I right, or was I wrong?